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May 2023

New Breast Screening Guidelines Unveiled

Women should start getting screened for breast cancer at an earlier age according to new guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.The task force says women should get screened every other year starting at age 40 – ten years earlier than previous guidelines which recommended biennial screenings starting at age 50. The updated guidance comes as a result of new scientific evidence that shows the rate of breast cancer among women ages 40 to 49 has increased 2% per year, on average, from 2015 to 2019, according to National Cancer Institute. The task force estimated that the new recommendations could prevent at least one additional breast cancer death for every 1,000 women. “With our new recommendation, it saves 20% more lives across the board for all women,” said Dr. Wanda Nicholson, the task force’s vice chair. Research shows that mammograms have reduced breast cancer deaths by nearly 40% since 1990.

National Oncology Education Company Hosts Memphis Events

At West Cancer Foundation, we understand the power in partnerships. Just as a cancer patient benefits from their entire cancer crew – physicians, nurses, and support networks of friends and family – so, too, do we benefit from working with other organizations that are breaking barriers to cancer care. We’re proud to partner with Total Health, a national medical information company that provides tailored content and conferences for people who are treating or living with cancer. Total Health is hosting a series of eight oncology educational events in Memphis for cancer treatment providers. Cancer Updates: A Dinner Series for Community Care Teams, kicks off May 23 with the 2023 Lung Cancer Updates event at the Marriott Memphis East. The event features oncologist Dr. Jason Porter, Director of the Lung Cancer disease research group at West Cancer Center.

Sedgwick Shows What Being a Committed Corporate Citizen is All About

Sedgwick has a core philosophy that guides its business and its commitment to giving back, stated boldly on its website: “Taking care of people is at the heart of everything we do.” We’d say that sums up perfectly Sedgwick’s support of West Cancer Foundation and its commitment to taking care of people in our community. The company, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, has signed on for the 7thstraight year as presenting sponsor of West Fight On. In addition, Bob Blankenship, Managing Director Finance Americas for Sedgwick, serves on the West Cancer Foundation Board of Directors.

“At Sedgwick, our commitment to taking care of people goes beyond our business objectives – it extends into our local communities to support organizations that are making a real difference. We’re honored to support West Cancer Foundation and the incredible services it provides,” said Blankenship. With Sedgwick’s help, and yours, we hope to raise $600,000 at this year’s Fight On, September 9, at Shelby Farms.

For Amy, a Never-Give-Up Attitude Keeps Her Going

Imagine having cancer. Then imagine having cancer again. To remain positive in the face of being diagnosed twice with cancer and the uncertain future of that reality must take some kind of supernatural strength.

Read about Amy’s story in her own words in our latest blog.

Soul Soiree Guests Light Up the Night

The inaugural Soul Soiree was a hit with guests who enjoyed an evening at The Kent with the best of Memphis’ soul while raising much-needed funds for West Cancer Foundation. Incredible food from 17 Memphis restaurants and the soulful sounds from Grammy-winning Boo Mitchell helped light up the night for our very good cause. Thank you to our generous sponsors and the hundreds of people who donated to help us provide life-giving services to cancer patients in Memphis.

If you missed the event, you can still donate to provide free cancer services to those in need.

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West Cancer Foundation’s mission is to break through barriers to cancer care and improve patient outcomes by providing accessible patient resources, early detection and education, and community-based research.

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